achillea

achillea

[ak-uh-lee-uh, uh-kil-ee-uh]
noun
any composite plant of the genus Achillea, having toothed or divided leaves and flat-topped clusters of flowers, and including the yarrow and sneezewort.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), Latin Achillēa, feminine noun based on Greek Achílleios name for various plants, literally, of Achilles, associated with curative plants by his healing of Telephus in the Troy legends; see -a2

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achillea (ˌækɪˈliːə)
 
n
sneezewort See also yarrow any plant of the N temperate genus Achillea, with white, yellow, or purple flowers, some species of which are widely grown as garden plants: family Asteraceae (composites)
 
[from Achilles, who was credited with discovering medicinal properties in the plant]

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